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Prevent Nail biting

Prevent Nail biting

If you're a nail biter (or hair twirler or finger tapper), there's a good chance your habit started during childhood. Am I correct? One problem with nail biting is that it's considered socially unacceptable; ragged, bitten nails aren't attractive at all.

But it's not just about having pretty hands -- in addition to having a negative impact on your appearance, nail biting can also affect your health, when you bite your nails, you transfer bacteria back and forth between your mouth and fingers (which isn't where you want germs!).Ewwwwwww :) 

So if you're reading this article and looking at your ragged nails, wondering how to stop nibbling them, let's head on over to the next points.

 

Wear Fake Nails: Fake nails not only look great, they also do a great job of preventing you from nibbling away at your nails. And they're safe for your real nails, assuming you have them done in a professional salon with a good reputation

Adopt a New Habit: As any cigarette smoker knows, habits can be very hard to break. Nail biting is no exception. And while we don't advocate substituting nail nibbling for something as dangerous as smoking, there are several less lethal habits that can help a biter reign in the habit

Relief throughRelaxation: For some reason and for some people, nail biting is soothing in the face of stress or worry. If this sounds familiar to you, it may help to use relaxation or stress reduction techniques to overcome the urge to bite. 

Visualize Success: Personal appearance is very important in human society, and most of us try hard to look our best. This can be difficult when you're constantly chewing on your fingertips. Nail biting also leaves our nails and cuticles looking quite shabby, which is why a lot of nail biters tend to keep their hands folded, tucked away in pockets or otherwise hidden from view. Visualizing success with nail biting can be a powerful deterrent and go a long way toward helping you quit. It may be even more helpful to post pictures of your own hands fresh from a salon manicure.

Keep Your Nails Groomed: For some nail biters, it's about obsessively "fixing" problems with their nails. One solution is to keep your nails groomed. Manicure kits usually contain tools such as nail clippers, a file, small scissors and a cuticle pusher or orange stick. If you keep a kit with you, or even just carry a file, you can take care of broken nails or hangnails without biting them off.

Distract Yourself: Once you become aware of your nail biting habit, you could try directing that energy into a different action. For some people, that means keeping their hands busy so they don't have a chance to unconsciously put them up to their mouths

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